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Orr, Dignam & Co.

Work +92 21 3241 5384
Fax +92 21 3241 6571
Islamabad, Karachi

The firm

Orr, Dignam & Co. is one of the largest firms of advocates in Pakistan with fully operational offices in Karachi and Islamabad. The firm was established in 1952 and reconstituted in 1972. It specialises in all aspects of civil and commercial law, with particular emphasis on corporate commercial and company law, privatisation, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure projects, construction, banking, project finance, oil and gas, power, insurance, commercial contracts, capital market, foreign investment laws, information technology, telecommunications, aviation and maritime. The firm also handles arbitration matters (both domestic and international), as well as civil and commercial litigation in the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Firm has seven partners and a team of associates, including barristers, attorneys at law and advocates. The partners of the firm directly attend to the clients' instructions and, where necessary, are assisted by the senior associates and associates depending on the complexity and requirements of a particular matter.

Areas of practice

The firm acts for a broad range of clients including multinational companies, banks, multilateral agencies, leading Pakistani business houses as well as public sector corporations.

Projects and infrastructure: the firm is involved in project and infrastructure work, particularly in power generation and transmission, oil and gas, fertiliser, cement and port facilities, transportation and telecommunications. Services rendered in these areas, include contracts for technology transfer, concession and implementation agreements, turnkey and construction contracts, licences and royalty agreements.

Mergers and acquisitions: the firm has been and continues to be involved in major domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, management buyouts and privatisations of public sector entities in Pakistan both on the buyers' and sellers' side.

Banking and capital markets: the firm also has an active banking and capital market practice, advising domestic and foreign banks, syndicates, multilateral lending agencies in respect of syndications, project finance, domestic and international investment banks and brokerage houses, funds regarding securities and derivative transactions, and various Islamic modes of finance, including sukuks and ijara structures. The firm has represented clients and transactions involving various regulators, including those of the power, telecommunications, banking, insurance, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Governments and agencies: the firm has undertaken comprehensive work in the preparation and study of reports on specific policy making areas for the government of Pakistan and multilateral agencies. The firm has also assisted the Government of Pakistan in the drafting of legislation in various sectors, including the establishment of Central Depository Company, regulation in the electric power, downstream, oil and gas tax, anti-dumping regime and aircraft security.

Energy: the firm has a very well established energy practice encompassing oil and gas and electrical power generation including the alternative energy sector. The firm advises on exploration, concessions and operating agreements licenses, pipelines and setting up of power projects and refineries. The firm also regularly represents the E&P, oil marketing and refinery companies.

Commercial litigation/arbitration: the firm is actively engaged in civil and commercial litigation, including a number of leading cases. The firm also has considerable experience in both domestic and international modes of arbitration, including the ICC and LCIA.

The firm is instructed and/or acts for various leading international law firms on a regular basis.

  • Contacts
  • Karachi:
  • Maudood Khan
  • Sajid Zahid
  • Aliya Yusuf
  • Asim Nasim
  • Taha Alizai
  • Islamabad:
  • Zahir Riaz
  • Shahid Raza
  • Number of lawyers: 28
  • at this office: 19
  • Languages
  • English
  • Urdu

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